Prerequisites

The information below is aimed at applicants holding a qualifying degree acquired in Denmark.

Academic requirements 

The academic level of the MSc programmes at DTU is very high. Strong competences in a science or engineering discipline are required for admission.

There are both general and programme-specific requirements that you must meet to be offered admission:

To be admitted to an MSc programme (except The Master of Technology Entrepreneurship) at DTU, you must hold one of the following qualifying bachelor’s degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng)
    You have a university bachelor’s degree in engineering with the title Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng).
  • Bachelor of Natural Science  (BSc)
    You have a university bachelor’s degree in Natural Science (BSc).
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
    You have completed a BEng programme. The title must be Bachelor of Engineering (BEng). If you are in doubt as to whether your degree is a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), you can ask the educational institution where you have taken your degree.

Please see the Admissions Order (information only available in Danish) for an overview of qualifying BSc programmes or ask your current educational institution.

You must ensure that your bachelor’s degree (BSc) is from a BSc programme listed under group 5 ‘Naturvidenskabelige bacheloruddannelser’ (BSc programmes in science) or 7 ‘Teknisk-videnskabelige bacheloruddannelser’ (BSc programmes in engineering). If it is not on the list, you are not qualified for admission.

You must also still meet the specific admission requirements.

Your qualifying degree must not be more than 10 years old.

 

Admission prerequisites

  • A Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng) from DTU
  • With a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng) from DTU, you will have two different options for admission in the programme specific academic requirements for the individual MSc programmes:
    • Access to admission
    • You may apply for admission to other MSc programmes than those for which you have a legal right of admission. This requires that you meet DTU’s programme-specific academic requirements for the MSc programme in question.
    • Legal right of admission
    • If you are a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng) from DTU, you have a legal right to be admitted to an MSc programme if the following criteria have been met:
      • The MSc programme is listed in the programme-specific academic requirements for each MSc programme for bachelors with a legal right of admission.
      • If you have completed your BSc programme on or after 1 January 2019, you can wait up to three years with exercising your legal right of admission*.
      • You can only exercise your legal right of admission once. You have exercised your legal right of admission if you have been offered and accept a study place on the MSc programme.

        * The three years run from the first student intake after you have completed your BSc programme and until the student intake three years later. If you graduate from your BSc programme in June, you must apply for admission no later than 31 July three years later so that you can start on the MSc programme at the study start in September that year.

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng) from another university than DTU
  • If you are a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng) from another university than DTU, you can read about the access requirements for the individual MSc programmes in the section ‘Programme-specific academic requirements’.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) from DTU
  • If you are a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) from DTU, you can be admitted to an MSc programme that is in immediate continuation of your BEng programme. This requires that you meet the programme-specific academic requirements for the MSc programme in question.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) from another educational institution than DTU
  • If you are a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) from another educational institution than DTU, you can be admitted to a number of DTU’s MSc programmes if you meet DTU’s programme-specific academic requirements for the MSc programme in question.

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • If you are a Bachelor of Science (BSc), you can apply for admission to a number of DTU’s MSc programmes. You can read more about the academic requirements for the individual MSc programmes in the section ‘Programme-specific academic requirements’.

    If you are in doubt as to whether your degree is a Bachelor of Science (BSc), you can check the Admissions Order (information only available in Danish) or ask at the educational institution at which you took your qualifying degree.

  • Language requirements
  • Passed English at B level. This is a ministerial requirement for admission to a Master’s programme.
    If you do not meet this requirement, you can take a language test. Read more about the language test requirements and see, if necessary, the Admissions Order (information only available in Danish).

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Technology Entrepreneurship
  • – please note the admission procedure differs from DTU’s other MSc programmes
    The Master of Science (MSc) in Technology Entrepreneurship is not an MSc programme in engineering, and you do not become an MSc Eng (Danish title: cand.polyt.), but instead a Master of Science (MSc) (Danish title: cand.tech.) when you graduate. You can be admitted to Technological Entrepreneurship based on a degree from several different study programmes in addition to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) from DTU.

    The MSc programme only has student intake in the summer with an application deadline on 1 March, and the admission procedure differs from that of the other MSc programmes at DTU. The number of places are limited, so even if you meet all admission requirements, your application may still be rejected.

    You can read more about admission requirements, admission procedure, and the programme itself under the specific admission requirements.

Conditional admission

Although you have not yet completed your qualifying degree and/or do not yet meet other admission requirements you can apply for conditional admission. If you are a DTU student you can apply for a transitional semester.

This conditional admission means that you can apply for admission although you have not yet completed your qualifying degree and/or do not yet meet other admission requirements. You must complete your degree before the first semester of the MSc programme begins.

When you apply via the application portal DANS, you need to indicate which supplementary course(s) you are enrolled in or are going to enrol in.

This conditional admission means that you can apply for admission although you do not meet all the prerequisites before the first semester of the MSc programme begins. The academic prerequisites that have not yet been met cannot exceed 30 ECTS credits.

NB! A participation fee is charged for supplementary DTU courses.

If you are offered conditional admission, you have one year to pass the courses you are missing. For example, if you apply for admission as of September 2022, your conditional admission will thus apply until September 2023 and you must pass the missing courses before the study start in September 2023.

Once you have passed the courses, you must reapply for admission to the MSc programme. The application deadline must be met - you may apply already when you have registered for the exam in the supplementary course.

If you do not pass the courses within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is no longer valid. DTU offers supplementary courses. You can read more about the courses at DTU Learn for Life. Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc programme do not form part of the MSc programme, and a participation fee will be charged. See prices for single subject courses.

DTU students lacking 55 ECTS credits or less to complete their BEng/BSc programme can apply to take up to a total of 30 ECTS credits of MSc courses, provided that they wish to apply for admission to an MSc programme at DTU and meet its admission requirements and academic prerequisites.

When you receive approval of a transitional semester, you are NOT admitted to the MSc programme. Your transitional semester forms part of your BSc/BEng programme.

Please visit DTU’s intranet DTU Inside (login required) to learn about the rules.

When you have been offered admission/conditional admission to the MSc programme - and have thus also completed any supplementary courses - you may take courses from the MSc programme in the 3-week periods preceding the study start. If you start on the MSc programme on 1 February, you may therefore take a course in January, and if you start on the MSc programme on 1 September, you may take courses in June, July, and August.

If you wish to apply for registration for courses before the formal study start of the MSc programme, you must write from your student email to kandidatopt@adm.dtu.dk and provide information about the course(s) - with statement of the course number(s) - that you are interested in taking. You must apply for early study start no later than on 20 December and 14 days before the course start in the summer, respectively.

When you receive a reply confirming that you may take the course in question, you must yourself register for the course on Studieplan.dtu.dk. You must register within the registration and withdrawal deadlines (DTU Inside - requires login) for the relevant teaching period, so remember to apply well ahead of the study start.